Blackboard announced that the Blackboard Mobile Central application is now available for Android-based smart phones, and that its debut will take place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Blackboard Mobile Central brings campus services to users through their mobile device, such as campus maps, course catalogs, event calendars, campus news, sports schedules and even campus directories that allows user to call or email professors and classmates directly from the app.
Exclusive to the Android platform, Blackboard Mobile Central will feature widgets that enable users to view and access important information from Blackboard Mobile Central from their home screen. Users may also create a direct shortcut to any one of the Blackboard Mobile Central modules directly on their phone’s home screen so that it can be accessed immediately without even opening the app.
Northwestern launched Blackboard Mobile Central on the iOS platform in December 2009, and recently expanded its access to Android smartphones. Northwestern has also enabled access to Blackboard Mobile Learn on selected devices to enable students and faculty to access their online course information on their smartphones.
With announced of the Android application, Blackboard Mobile Central is now available in native applications for all major mobile platforms including Apple’s iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and Blackberry. The application is also available in a mobile web version to support a broader range of mobile, web-enabled devices. The application is free to students, faculty, prospective students, parents, alumni and anyone else interested in staying connected to an institution.